The Color Run Maui 2014 Was A Blast!

Happiest 5K

Photo credit: Bridgett Parker

The Color Run Maui 2014 –  it was a blast!  The Color Run is also known as the Happiest 5k, and I would say it truly is.

I first heard about it when they held the the first ever Color Run on Hawaii on Oahu. I wanted so much to join but it was cost prohibitive since aside from the race fee I would have to buy a round trip airline ticket.  Back them I stated messaging the Color Run requesting for them to come to Maui. I was so excited when first saw their announcement that they are coming to Maui!  I has a feeling it will be a sold out event, and it was!

I can go on and on about the excitement of the anticipation of this fun event and how festive it was when it was finally time for us to pick up the race packets. But let’s move to the day of the event itself.  My daughter, and friend and I arrived at the UH-Maui Parking lot at 5:30 am! We wanted to secure a parking lot close to the  race start and finish so we made it a point to get there early. And sure enough there were already a lot of people by the arrive. The festive atmosphere is in the air. I was glad to see many friends there, like my friend Lisa who nicely remind me not to post her photo on Facebook :) . I also saw friends from work, like Mitch Tempo and his family. It was the place to be!

Color Run Maui 2014 - Blue

The race started promptly at 7am. Thousands of people were there. I heard the total color runners count was 7,000. Seven thousand runner – wow, that is a lot!  At the end of this post you will see a video I embedded taken during this event and you’ll get a sense of how big this was.

The first color blast station was BLUE.  We ended looking like surf after that.  Well, not quite.  It depends on how much you really wanted to have the colors in you. Some had more, some had less. It was quite a treat going through the blue dusts, it being the first of the 4 color stations to go through.

Color Run Maui 2014 - Yellow

The second color blast is YELLOW. I was hoping to get a lot of colors on the white rose headband I was wearing but it didn’t. I should have wet the headband earlier I was told. But anyway, it was fun going through the yellow dust as well.  After the yellow station was the water station.  The water cups were so colorful and music was blasting in the background.

Color Run Maui 2014 - Purple

Next blast was PURPLE.  Since purple is one of my favorite colors, I hang in there for a little while.  We saw several professional photographers taking photos at the purple station and this morning I found out that one of them was my friend Natalie.  It was fun reading her Color Run Maui blogpost. Go check it out after you read this post. At the purple station I ran into my friend Angela, and John & Megan. Needless to say here were a lot of  ”taking photos and posting on Instagram going on” – selfies, groupies,  many are taking go pros video as well.

Color Run Maui 2014 - Pink

After purple comes PINK!  I was a little late coming in the pink station as I stayed longer in purple. By the time I went on pink, they were short of the pink dust and were squirting pink liquid goos. Yep, I got the goo.  It was at pink that I noticed the many multi-colored tutus in the race. Lots of them and they are  beautiful to look at.

The Color Run Maui 2014 - Finish

And finally, the finish line.  Oh the rainbow … yes those were inflatable rainbows but nevertheless pretty fun to go through. The colorful confetti added even more colors to the already colored filled atmosphere.

Color Run Maui 2014 - Photos Collage 2

This Color Run Maui event is no ordinary 5K.  It really is more for fun than for physical fitness but it can a good start to a physical fitness regime as well.  As one of the posts I read from a Color Runner, he said he probably wouldn’t have run any 5K had it not been for The Maui Color Run.  I truly hope they do it again next year. I am pretty sure they will sell out even if they double the numbers of participants.  Before I forget, I would like to say thank you to all the Sponsors and Volunteers. This was a huge undertaking and wouldn’t have been possible without sponsors and volunteers.

Color Run Maui 2014 - Photo Collage 1

As I mentioned earlier, this Color Run Maui is really a fun run for family and friends and I am glad I was able to share with “crazy” moments with my daughter Noelle and with friends too.

Now for the action packed video, watch this by EpiCapture Productions. (note: the embedded video is on a playlist so you’d see some great underwater shots too after the Color Run Maui :) )

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Best Pizza on Maui – Where to Find … (Bucket List)

MonkeyPod Pizza

Aloha, y’all! It’s Jennifer of Island Gypsy Hawaii, again, and I’m stoked to be sharing about my Maui Pizza Bucket List today. Sound like a weird bucket list? Well, hang with me because if you visit the island you’re gonna wanna know where to find some yummy food, right? So this list is for YOU (and me, too, of course) :)

Why a bucket list? Well, because I compiled it by asking my local friends, family and scouring the internet. I’ve been fortunate enough to try out some of these places, but would absolutely LOVE to try them all. Wouldn’t you???

Round Table Pizza

Round Table Pizza

via Round Table Pizza

Round Table Pizza was a vote for the entire family. Offering two locations: one on the Westside for all of you Kaanapali folks, and one on the Southside for the Kihei peeps. So, if you’re looking for a kid-friendly environment and quick service this would be a great place to try out.

Monkeypod Kitchen

With local ingredients sourced from Hawaii farms, Monkeypod Kitchen in Wailea definitely made my Maui Pizza Bucket List. My local friends said this would be a great date night or adults only pizza night. They even offer a happy hour on their pizzas every night, giving a half-off discount! Now, if you know me, then you know saving money is my love language, and they had me at “half-price”. Make a reservation or simply walk-in. I hope to do so in the near future! (The photo on top of this post is a butternut squash and pine nut pizza from Monkeypod)

The Outrigger Pizza Truck

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The Outrigger Pizza Truck touts the proud statement of having Maui’s first original mobile woodfired pizza oven. They travel the island with their ono pizzas. Find them on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Azeka Plaza in Kihei; on Lahainaluna Road on Mondays and Thursdays; and at Long’s in Kula on Wednesdays. Yum…just thinking about these pizzas is making me hungry!

Flatbread Company

flatbread paia

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Located on the Northshore of Maui, Flatbread Company is an excellent choice for large groups or couples. My husband and I love the fresh ingredients Flatbread uses to create their works of art, a.k.a. pizza. I highly recommend checking out Flatbread Company in Paia, Hawaii, to satiate your pizza cravings! Their fresh salads are wonderful as well. An added bonus? You just may see good ol’ Willie Nelson or one of the Wilson brothers grabbing a bite to eat there as well, seeing as they just live up the street from the restaurant.

What’s your favorite pizza place in Maui? Which one are you going to try next? Hmm…decisions, decisions. ;)

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

 

PS:

Aloha, this is Liza “talking”.  The other day I posted on Facebook the question “Best Pizza on Maui, what do you recommend?” and we got  132 replies! Flatbread, Serpico, Shaka Pizza, Pizza Madness and Dollies were mentioned a lot.  We probably will do a  follow p post after Jennifer and I try all these pizza places :)  Here is the link to our Facebook page in case you’re interested to see what the reader’s choice are:. Go to My Own Maui Facebook Page.

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Where To Find Yummy Burgers on Maui

 

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Aloha, y’all, this is Jennifer Poppy of Island Gypsy Hawaii, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to share about life here in Maui, Hawaii, again here on Liza’s amazing A Maui Blog.

When you’re enjoying the warm rays of the sun and the cool breezes across the ocean it’s easy to say,

“Today I’ll be happier than a bird with a french fry!”

But what about being happier than a bird with a french fry and an amazing burger with a beautiful view of Maui, to boot? Today I’m going to share something special with you…it’s my personal bucket list for “ono” Maui burgers!

I know that when you’re on vacation (or even staycation for you awesome Maui readers) you want to know where to eat. And what’s better than knowing where to find the BEST Maui burgers? I’ve done my research, y’all, from talking to local friends, asking family and scouring the Internet, and here’s what I found:

Bully’s Burgers

Maui Time has declared Bully’s Burgers the “Best Burger Ever!” Their all natural beef burgers are served up hot and fresh daily, but you’ve gotta be ready to make the trip to get there. From what I hear it is well worth the adventure…and if you’re in Maui, why not go for a little adventure in pursuit of an amazing burger? You’ll find them on Kanaio, which is past the Ulupakalua Winery.

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers

teddy's burger

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Several of my friends mentioned Teddy’s in Lahaina, Hawaii, as one of their favorite places to grab a burger. Their motto, “One burger, one customer, one experience,” sounds like an excellent way to run a hamburger business to me. They also seem to have a good kids’ menu, which is always a plus in my book! My mouth is watering just thinking about trying one!

Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop

leoda's burger

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Now I have eaten a burger at Leoda’s before, so I can scratch this one off of my bucket list. However, if you haven’t tried it yet, keep it on your list because it’s ah-mazinggggg!!! Leoda’s is located in Lahaina and is well worth the drive even if you live Upcountry like me. After your burger be sure to make room for dessert or take it with you. My fave is the mac nut chocolate prailine, but really you just can’t go wrong with their desserts.

Fat Girl’s Burger

If you’re up for a little taste of local life, then check out Wailuku’s First Friday. Fat Girl’s Burger will happily serve you a delicious meal, according to my local friends. One of their faves is the Korean Burger. So, go, be adventurous and try it out!

Cool Cats

cool cat burger

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Cool Cats was voted “Best Burger in Maui” for the last ten years. So, yeah, it’s definitely on my bucket list of Maui hamburgers to try. My friends like the fun 50s diner vibe, and of course, the yummy food! It’s located on the wharf, which is fun, too.

Have you tried any of these Maui hamburger joints? I can’t wait to scratch them off my bucket list! 

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

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How And Why I Blog on Maui

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MAUI – just the mention of this place stirs a lot of emotion to many. Some longs to come back, some dreams to visit, some desires to move to, and some reminisce the wonderful memories they had on this paradise.

THANKFUL – that’s how I feel when I think of Maui. Thankful that I live here, in this beautiful place many call paradise.

SHARING – that’s what I hope to accomplish. I want to share the blessing. Through blog posts, Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels, my desire to to share Maui in my own little way.

GENUINE CARE – that’s what sets this blog apart.  As you can see, this blog is not well organized and I am not as tech savy as I  hope to be.  But that’s ok.  I am here to share and that’s what I am doing.

I have been busy with many projects and juggling many roles I have: wife, mom, employee, consultant, volunteer, friend, etc. so this blog is a bit neglected.  One solution I found is to seek the help of like minded individuals and so glad I found some, one of them is Jennifer.  The couple of posts will be from my friend  Jennifer of Island Gypsy Hawaii.  She will be “talking story” about  where to find great and yummy burgers and delicious pizzas  on Maui.  The posts are ready and will be live later tomorrow (Tuesday) and (Wednesday). I am so excited to share them with you!

It’s Presidents Day today – it’s a Holiday in the US. I am enjoying my day and I hope you are too!

 

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